Deputy Development Director, Foundations

Position Location: Brooklyn, NY

About CPD + CPDA

The Center for Popular Democracy promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We currently work with more than 50 partner organizations in more than 38 states, Puerto Rico, and D.C., and build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. CPD is a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

About the Position:

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action (CPD/A) is seeking a full-time Deputy Development Director, Foundations who will report to the Development Director and be a key part of the Development Team ensuring that CPD/A is stewarding and significantly building its portfolio of institutional donors and foundations.  This position works closely with our Development and Finance Teams and all program teams to oversee systems for managing foundation relationships, and grow our capacity to do more. The person in this position will also work to find new opportunities, including explorations of new funding sources; work with program staff to build their fundraising acumen and with finance staff to ensure thorough communications and feedback loops; and ensure that CPD/A is seen as an indispensable partner for funding partners that want to see progressive change. The candidate will be able to work across diverse teams and workstyles, and excited to help the organization identify, design, implement and administer systems that make our work flow more efficient. An ideal candidate will care deeply about the mission, have experience working in the progressive funding world, and enjoy strategy and systems.  This is a newly-created position, and we are looking for someone who is eager to jump in, learn quickly, and take initiative, as well as an excellent manager.  

Primary Responsibilities

The Deputy Development Director, Foundations, will:

  • Lead efforts to innovate strategies for approaching existing foundational funders as well as finding new opportunities, including prizes and other forms of funding, such as corporate, impact investing and government funding,

  • Build a significant prospect research capacity and a big picture sense of the directions in the progressive funding world in order to ensure that CPD/A not only understands and is responsive to new trends, but also takes leadership roles,

  • Work with program staff and management to ensure that funding is matched with institutional priorities and plans for growth,

  • Oversee the Development Manager and Senior Grants Manager in coordinating CPD/A’s fundraising efforts from foundations: applications, reporting, following-up and recording of foundation grants, including subgrants, hosted grants, and grants to all program areas;

  • Work with Finance and Development Teams to build and report on budgets for funders and in ensuring the highest standards of tracking all grants; coordinate regular reports for management and Board on potential, anticipated and existing revenue sources; ensure thorough follow-through on all issues of legal compliance and transparency at all levels; lead troubleshooting for systems and workflow as necessary,

  • Work closely with senior staff to create and realize a thoughtful approach to government funding - at local, state and federal levels,

  • Help to create new funding ideas and to write and liaise with foundations as necessary, and

  • Be willing to take on other special projects & responsibilities as needed.

Job Requirements

Applicants for the Deputy Development Director, Foundations position should:

  • Possess at least 10 years of fundraising experience and a strong familiarity with the progressive funding universe and experience with progressive foundations,

  • Show flexibility, a positive attitude, and an ability to deal with many tasks and prioritize while being on top of details, reflecting the fact that CPD and CPDA are large, complex, multi-faceted organizations,

  • Work effectively on a tight schedule and be able to set and meet realistic deadlines,

  • Have excellent communication skills,

  • Be a highly professional, a team player, and a self-starter with extremely strong organizational skills,

  • Show a passion for excellence and eagerness to help the department meet our goals,

  • Possess the ability to organize, plan, prioritize, and perform assigned duties with modest supervision in a fast-paced environment,

  • Show ability to work across multiple infrastructure and programmatic teams, with staff spread across the country, to meet goals,

  • Demonstrate a sense of humor and ability to work under pressure,

  • Have facility with spreadsheets, Microsoft Office suite, database management (ideally Salesforce) to run reports and deep knowledge of finance and budgeting,

  • Have experience working closely with senior management and Boards, and ideally in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic work environment, and

  • Possess a commitment to racial equity, social justice, and community organizing and see how development work is a core piece of furthering this mission-driven work.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days per year, 10 sick days per year, 12 paid holidays per year, and contributions to individuals’ 401K plans.


Please submit your cover letter and resume through our hiring portal:

CPD/A is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.